UNIDO starts two-day workshop on renewable energy

ISLAMABAD:United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO, Monday started a 2-day workshop on National policy framework for renewable energy and energy efficiency for industrial sector.

The workshop highlighted on the current institutional policy framework on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Pakistan and drawing inferences from other countries in the region.

Within the framework of one of its ongoing project entitled “Sustainable Energy Initiative for Industries in Pakistan” which is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) the ultimate goal of this UNIDO and GEF Project is to avoid Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by developing and promoting a market environment that will stimulate investments in industrial development in renewable energy and energy efficiency project in industry which, in turn, will support industrial development in Pakistan.

This UNIDO and GEF project seeks to promote the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and services in industries.

This will be achieved through demonstrating the technical feasibility and commercial viability of the renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, strengthening the institutional capacity and establishing a conducive policy and legal environment that enables and supports renewable energy and energy efficiency investment projects.

Opening the first of the series of two workshops, Dr. Baqar Raza, MD Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies stressing upon the importance of developing conducive energy policies to promote Renewable Energy technologies, appriciated the UNIDO’s efforts on coming up with the support on the most important dimension of the Renewable Energy development in the country.

Ludovic an International consultant of UNIDO presntated Policy recommendations and roadmap for Renewable energy.

The role of UNIDO during its 40 years of presence in Pakistan ,particularly, highlighting achievements of UIDO in assisting the sustainable development of Industrial sector.

This stakeholder workshop was attended by representatives from industry and public sector officials from the relevant Ministry and line departments/ organization such as Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), National Productivity Organization (NPO), deliberates National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA), Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA).